10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Grand Rapids
— 1 day
Drive
2
Muskegon
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Ludington
— 1 night
Drive
4
Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
5
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 1 night
Drive
7
Standish
— 1 night
Drive
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Dearborn
— 1 night
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Grand Rapids

— 1 day

Furniture City

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and then walk around Roselle Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids trip maker.

Lafayette to Grand Rapids is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lafayette to Grand Rapids due to the time zone difference. In July, Grand Rapids is slightly colder than Lafayette - with highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Muskegon.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks

Side Trip

Muskegon

— 2 nights
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, and is the largest populated city on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. On the 2nd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Hackley and Hume Historic Site, ride a horse along Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables, and then get in on the family fun at Michigan's Adventure. Here are some ideas for day two: see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, immerse yourself in nature at Grand Haven State Park, and then visit a coastal fixture at Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Muskegon travel planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Muskegon in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Muskegon are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Muskegon

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ludington

— 1 night
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, then admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, then look for gifts at The Jam Farm, and finally stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ludington road trip planning website.

You can drive from Muskegon to Ludington in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Ludington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Traverse City

— 1 night

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
On the 5th (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Traverse City tour itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 6th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then admire all the interesting features of Fort Mackinac, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Eagle Point Cave, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally take a memorable tour with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Munising

— 1 night
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, then stop by Upper Peninsula Inspired, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Munising holiday planner.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Munising by combination of ferry, bus, and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Standish.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Standish

— 1 night
Standish is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): try your luck at Saganing Eagles Landing.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Standish trip planner.

Getting from Munising to Standish by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Munising in July, you will find days in Standish are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Standish

Fun & Games · Casinos
Highlights from your trip

Dearborn

— 1 night
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 10th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts and then examine the collection at The Henry Ford.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dearborn planning tool.

You can drive from Standish to Dearborn in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Standish in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 65°F in Dearborn. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums

Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.